Summer is doing so good!!! We brought the pug home 3 weeks ago now and they have become inseparable big sister and little brother!! They have been awesome! Summer has calmed down so so much with having the puppy, I think it tires her out a little bit! She’s not jumping on guests anymore, only occasionally, but she gets down and goes back to what she was doing. She’s not mouthing at all anymore! She mouths with the puppy occasionally and if she was a little too rough the puppy will yelp and summer immediately stops and goes and lays down, I think she knows she was too rough and feels bad. The puppy will then go lick her and kiss her and they go back to playing! I’ve had so many compliments lately about how she’s improved in her socialization! Thank you so so so much!! You really helped to turn things around for us!!WhitneyP.S. Please enjoy the pictures of them together, it’s so adorable!
Recent update from Katelyn Duda about her Rottweiler, Gibbs. We did day school lessons a year earlier.
Sharon’s lessons have stuck very well
Gibbs still does “leave it” if he thinks it will get him what he wants (the backed away stance in the photo)
All I wanted here was a cute shot to share his toy.
Thank you Sharon Wachsler his manners are still stunning
Hi Sharon. It’s Marie. Reese’s mom. I just wanted to give you a big thank you. We just passed a major test on our walk. We passed a flock of turkeys and a squirrel and a dog barking all at the same time. She looked over and perked up her ears. I told her to leave it and she walked on. I didn’t even have to tighten my grip on her leash.
Katie contacted Sharon for Day School for her puppy, Greyson. He was making good progress in his training.
Then, the COVID pandemic hit. Since Katie and Greyson both had foundation skills, we were able to switch to both outdoor lessons (for leash manners, stranger reactivity, and working around distractions) as well as virtual lessons (for foundations in down-stay, leave it, ring a bell to go out, and getting Greyson comfortable with grooming clippers).
After Katie and Greyson’s first virtual lesson, she said…
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I didn’t think it would be that effective, but I thought it went great!
Having the video to watch as a playback is great to watch and see the correction Sharon is giving in detail afterwards. So for the future I don’t do the same thing and need to be corrected on that piece. As so much of dog training is also truly owners training. I really enjoyed it.
I hope you’ve been well through the pandemic. It’s been great keeping up with what’s happening over your facebook page! I wanted to share some happy and sad news – the pups and I will be moving to North Carolina next month. I’m very sad to leave this area. I have so many great supports out here, you included!
Nova and I would not be the team we are today without you. She continues to grow and improve every day. I’m not sure if she’ll ever graduate as a service dog due to her stress levels around loud/surprising noises, but she has grown into an amazing therapeutic support dog for me in my work, and can do a lot of public access work with her tasks especially when I’ll be outside most of the time.
Thank you for changing my entire perspective on training. You were patient with me, and let me learn in my own time the power of positive reinforcement.
I’m also happy about this move because I’ll be able to bring everything I’ve learned up here down to a new area and new job. I’m going to pursue my masters in social work so I can offer animal assisted therapy. I hope to stay in touch, and maybe if you keep up virtual classes we could take some once we’re settled down there!
I always recommend you to anyone in the area looking to train their dog or get a service animal. I know you’re filling up, but you’re a one-of-a-kind resource and I hope a few of them do get in contact.
All the best from me and the Aussies! Brittany, Nova & Koda
Cindi started lessons with me because her service dog, Zoe, would only retrieve toys, and she wanted her to retrieve her keys. Here’s what she said after Zoe’s first lesson with At Your Service:
1 day after Zoe’s lesson:
“I have Zoe down to a little piece of cloth picking it up and bring it to me. I decided to put it on my key chain and she brought it to me. Then I put another small one on my phone and she took a couple of times to bring it to me but after a few times she is doing it now….she brings both of them to me now I am going to move out to the deck that has a few more detracting things and see how that goes….I’m very hopeful
2 days after Zoe’s lesson:
“I went to a ecotarium today with my brain injury group in Worcester. I showed a couple of my friends what Zoe had learned and I told him I was unsure on whether or not she actually do it in a place with a lot of people around and I threw my keys down with the little cloth on the keychain and I’ll be damned if Zoe didn’t pick it up right and gave it to me as if we are sitting at home. I am shocked how fast she learned excited elated and shocked.“I am doing what you said giving her food as treats.It’s like got to get that drilled into her head picking things up for me now I’m so excited to figure out what’s the next thing to work on”
What did you like best?
I liked that there was information on all the pieces to consider and know (laws, trainers, age of dog, etc.). I also loved the examples of tasks and training tasks. LOVE the pyramid.
All of it.
Clear, comprehensive, well-organized. Obvious you are on the dog’s side.
–Honey Loring, Founder, Camp Gone to the Dogs
Who else do you think would most enjoy or benefit from this program?
Owner-trainers, professional trainers, prescribers (professionals “prescribing” service animals or for emotional support)
Clients of breeders looking to get SD. Also group class clients in puppy classes that say they are training a SD.
What would have improved the program?
More time to cover more! 🙂
Sharon has worked with our dog Sadie for over a year now and has done a terrific job with her. She is always positive, but on the other hand honest in her opinion of your dog’s potential. Sharon helped us establish realistic goals for Sadie after her initial assesment of the dog and we put a plan to train her to become a service dog for our daughter. She has trained Sadie to be a dog that is good in public and we’ll behaved wherever we go. Sadie has been tested and received a Service dog certificate. Sharon is dependable and trustworthy.
Just letting you know that your visit was exactly what we needed!
It was a great reminder to Neale and I about enforcing the right behaviors, and reminding ourselves that all we need to do is 15 min a day. And the Be a Tree lesson with Clara was INCREDIBLE! She’s excited to tell her friends when they come over.
I’ve ordered a second crate for upstairs in our bedroom, and bought an extra leash for tethering. Most of her meals/snacks today were out of the treat ball while in the play pen. It was great to be able to fold laundry and know she was occupied safely. We are going less aggressive with her walks and letting her focus on exploring.
I’m going to research a little about some cat training for Huey. I think he would like it and benefit.
I’m sure I’ll have some questions and whatnot, but I wanted to thank you for squeezing us in on short notice. It was 100% worth it!!
Pam contacted me to help with training her Chinook puppy, Jedi, to be a future service dog. Here’s her email after our consultation and first lesson.
Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We have been doing our best to do everything that we discussed. We do zen every day, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. I will be making a working chart this weekend to ensure that we get our homework done.
I loved working with you, and I look forward to working with you in the future. Thank you very much for your help with Jedi. I think with the two of us working with him, and a little doggie daycare with help there, that he will be a wonderful wonderful service dog and companion.
We will keep you posted as we move forward. Thank you for coming to the Cape to work with us!
Pam & Jedi